As the weather starts turning we all start thinking of sunnier climates again. It seems like forever since your summer holiday on the beach and it would be lovely to warm yourself up again before the cold and wet set in for good.
When spoiling yourself with a little winter sun, why settle for anything less than perfection. If you are heading to the Canaries this year then you need to look at Seaside hotels, as they are all located in the most idyllic places, including: an Oasis with 1000 year old palm trees, moments from the famous sand dunes of Maspalomas and in the lively resort of Playa del Ingles.
Puerto del Carmen, in Lanzarote, is just 10 minutes drive from the airport and boasts 6km of beautiful golden beaches. The beaches and seas of Puerto del Carmen have been awarded the Blue Flag for their continued cleanliness, making this spot ideal for beach lovers.
The Los Jameos Playa occupies a prime location by the sea and just a few steps from the inviting Playa Pocillos beach. Set amidst palm tree lined gardens, this hotel offers an ideal location for a relaxing getaway. All the rooms are en Suite and have air-conditioning, so you can be sure of a perfect night sleep. There are two restaurants on the resort, La Tapa and the main restaurant, which serves delicious buffet style cuisine with themed dinners and show cooking. The Wellness Centre offers facilities including a combined Finnish and Bio Sauna, a steam room, experience shower and outdoor Finnish sauna. They have a wide variety of treatments to ensure complete relaxation, while active guests can make use of the gym.
Another Canary Island not to be dismissed is Gran Canaria. With fantastic beaches and lively nightlife, there is something to suit everyone.
The resort of Costa Meloneras is situated on the south of Gran Canaria. It is a quiet and stylish area and is close to the beach, and has fantastic views of the famous Maspalomas lighthouse and the ocean. A peaceful resort with many cafés and restaurants for holidaymakers to enjoy and if you are after something a little livelier, the resort of Maspalomas is just a taxi ride away.
Located in the resort of Meloneras is The Grand Hotel Residencia, set in an enviable position within a 1,000 year old palm oasis and nature preserve.
The Palm Beach Hotel is also set in a palm oasis, but has an additional garden that features thousand year old tress, and is situated on the edge of the famous sand dunes of Maspalomas, which stretch for an amazing six, golden kilometres. The beautiful beach and famous sand dunes of Maspalomas are just a few minutes away on foot. The hotel villas are designed in a Spanish Moorish style and offer a home from home feel. If your idea of paradise is to laze in the sun by the pool then the Grand Hotel Residencia has a large freshwater pool with a spacious terrace for you to lounge on. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining on the terrace, while admiring the magnificent mountain views. Those looking to unwind and be pampered can enjoy a trip to the Spa and Wellness Centre, which offers countless treatments and first class facilities.
There are several dining options at the Palm Beach Hotel. The main restaurant, Gran Restaurante, the a la carte, La Orangerie and the La Trattoria, serving excellent Italian cuisine. Guests can finish their meal with a drink in the Salon Bar which hosts live music six times a week. The newly built Spa and Wellness Centre is set amidst the luscious tropical gardens.
For those of you who want to be in the centre of the action then The Seaside Sandy Beach Hotel is just for you. Situated in the resort of Playa del Ingles, it is just steps from the beach and a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Like its sister hotels, the Seaside Sandy Beach has freshwater swimming pools, a children’s pool and poolside bar.
Most of the dining options are al fresco with a buffet breakfast on the terrace, a snack bar offering specialities during the day for your to enjoy in between lounging by the pool and barbeques on the terrace in the evening.
If you need to unwind then you can enjoy the rooftop terrace with a Jacuzzi, or a trip to the Spa and Wellness Centre. For those who are feeling a little more active there is an indoor and outdoor gym, as well as a tennis court, giant chess, pool, archery, and table tennis.